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YouTube TV finally comes to Roku for $35/month

YouTube TV gained a lot of traction in the live Internet TV market last year, and its 2018 is already off to a great start. Just a day after announcing that it'd be the official broadcaster for LAFC soccer matches, an official YouTube TV app is now available on Roku.

This is something we were already expecting to happen, but nonetheless, it's exciting that Roku users have yet another live TV service to choose from. The app will work the same as we've seen on past smart TV platforms, meaning you can browse through a guide of live programming, save shows to your library, search for specific content, and more.

The YouTube TV app will work on all Roku TVs, in addition to the Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick Plus, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Express, Roku Express Plus, Roku Premiere, Roku Premier Plus, Roku 4, Roku 3, and Roku 2.

If you're new to YouTube TV, you can sign up for a seven-day free trial and then pay $35/month for access to over 40 channels. You'll get six accounts per household, and that also comes with unlimited cloud DVR.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

14 Comments
  • Looks like the channel is already de-listed on the roku channel store. Can anyone else see it right now? Also the blog entry that many other reports reference is also taken down by Roku... Did someone at Roku jump the gun?
  • Same, i see nothing in the Roku channel store other than the actual Youtube app
  • That's a bummer, I was going to try to find it later.
  • It's back up and available now.
  • I saw the same... no listing in the store from the device or the app, but there's a link right to the channel in the blog (https://blog.roku.com/youtube-tv-is-now-available-on-roku-players-and-ro...). I added from there after signing into my account, then let the Roku sync up the new channel. After that, signed in, and was up and running.
  • Does anyone else have an issue with the image quality with youtube tv? Most of the time my antenna has better image quality.
  • Yes. It's all about 30 fps vs 60. The stations with 60 look great. The ones with only 30 fps look bad, especially sports channels. Until they're all 60, I'd have a hard time recommending it.
  • Dope. Please add more channels so that I can drop DirectTV Now.
  • Do Rokus run Android?
  • No. They run some type of modified linux specifically made for the US market... which is odd because apparently they're android TV everywhere else.. or so I've heard.
  • YTTV really doesn't have any compelling channels to watch for $35. If I were to join a service like this, I'd go with the $20 Philo set up way more channels for your money. And app is already on Roku.
  • It wasn't in the channel store when I looked, but there's a link to it in the Roku blog. I added the channel to my account from there and then let the Roku sync up the new channel. https://channelstore.roku.com/details/195316?utm_source=organic_social&u...
  • Just found it on my Roku. Works great so far!
  • What do the remote buttons do? Is it possible to flip between channels, like the back button on Sling's app?